by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Whitworth Pirate pitching staff allowed just two runs and struck out ten batters, but they were outdueled by the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 2-1 in a non-conference baseball game on Saturday evening.
The Pirates fall to 16-20 overall on the season, while the Warriors improve to 38-10.
Lewis-Clark State struck first in the fourth inning. Tyler McDowell singled to open the inning and advanced on a wild pitch during the next at-bat. After advancing to third on a groundout, McDowell scored on a sacrifice fly from Kyle Callahan to give the Warriors an early lead.
After picking up the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, Lewis-Clark State added another run in the fifth. Cory Voss worked a walk with the bases loaded to pick up an RBI and give the Warriors a 2-0 advantage.
Whitworth cut its deficit in half in the following frame. Tyler Bailey opened the inning by reaching base after he was hit by a pitch. Cody Simmons scooted Bailey to second with a one-out single, and Brett Thomas drove the junior in with a single of his own.
After scoring their lone run, however, the Pirates were unable to manage a hit for the rest of the game. JT Phelan reached base on a walk and Spencer Locati made it into scoring position after an error, but Whitworth was unable to drive either in to tie the game.
Hugh Smith got the start for the Pirates and allowed just one run on one hit while striking out five. He was relieved in the fourth inning by Joel Condreay, who tossed 1.1 innings while walking three batters. Brett Thomas was the final Pirate to see the mound. He struck out four Warriors in 3.2 innings of work.
Lalo Porras started the game for the Warriors and held Whitworth scoreless for the first four innings of play. Anthony Toribio earned the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief and Gage Burland picked up the save.
Looking Ahead: The Bucs square off with the Warriors in Whitwoth's season finale on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.